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Monday, 20 May, 2002, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Stars on show for Gangs glimpse
Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorcese, Leonardo DiCaprio
Martin Scorsese with his stars at the Croisette
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz are attending a preview of Martin Scorcese's Gangs Of New York at the Cannes Film Festival.

The pair brought the French town's Croisette to a halt as hundreds of fans swarmed in to catch a glimpse of them.

Diaz, 29, wore a black one-shouldered dress, split to the thigh, while DiCaprio, 27, wore a sober black suit and tie.

Just 20 minutes of the long-delayed movie will be shown at the screening because it has yet to be finished.

Gangs of New York has been in production for several years but reported disputes between the director and distribution company Miramax have led to substantial delays.

Industry experts say the delay is down to the insistence of Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein that the film be edited down to under three hours.

It had been scheduled to be released in December 2001 but has been pushed back further and further.

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz stars as Jenny Everdeane
It is not expected to see the light of day until December 2002.

Filming had to be postponed for a day when three extras were injured filming a scene involving a horse drawn carriage.

But Scorsese and Miramax have both denied the production has been beset by problems.

Diaz said the new release date was rescheduled to coincide with the Oscar nominations.

Because the film has been rattling around Hollywood for so long, great things will be expected of it.

Rival gangs

Gangs of New York depicts troubles between New York's Anglo-Protestant poor and Irish Catholic immigrants in the 19th Century.

DiCaprio plays Amsterdam Vallon, a young Irish American, hell bent on avenging the death of his father, killed by a rival gang leader.

The film also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and ET star Henry Thomas.

DiCaprio jetted into the French Riviera at the weekend and spent his first night at the 24 Hour Party People celebration.

The British movie starring Steve Coogan is entered for the Palme d'Or competition.

Also at the party was Kate Winslet's ex-husband Jim Threapleton, who is trying to drum up capital for his production company Ultra Films at the festival.

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